ACTS Transition Group Requests
Prayer Intention 1: To Seek God's leading
Prayer Intention 2: To Listen carefully
Prayer Intention 3: To Develop, and share, a clear vision for ACTS
Prayer Intention 4: To Support mission in Scotland
Prayer Intention 5: To Develop a vision for collaboration
Prayer Intention 6: To Offer a structure which enables and enthuses
Prayer Intention 7: To Encourage and Support local ecumenism
Prayer Intention 8: To Broaden the churches who are involved with ACTS
Prayer Intention 9: To Be A collective church voice in Scotland
Prayer Intention 10: To Develop leadership
Prayer Intention 11: To Support the staff of ACTS
Prayer Intention 12: To Be radical
Prayer Intention 13: To Give thanks for the intercessory ministry of Christ
Gladly recognising that the Christ who seeks unity for his people (John 17) prays on our behalf to Father, we invite you to join with us in offering grateful thanks to God who invites us, together, to engage in God's mission and who beckons us forward as his people.
We especially value your prayers for these specific days:
Monday 18th November 2019, when the members of ACTS meet to determine the way forward within the providence of God.
The St Thomas of India Unity Lecture will be held at 4pm on the 10th October 2017 in the Martin Hall of Edinburgh University.
Professor Daniel Jeyaraj, Professor of World Christianity and Director of the Andrew Walls Centre for the Study of African and Asian Christianity, Liverpool Hope University will speak on the theme 'Christian Presence and Witness in Contemporary India: Challenges and Opportunities.'
Prof Jeyaraj spent the early part of 2017 travelling in India and so this lecture will be an updated version of the one he gave to the Friends of the Church in India last year in London.
Details can be found on: http://www.fost.org.uk
Capturing the Vision: A Vision for the Church in 21st Century Scotland
The Conference will focus on the above theme taking into consideration the changing church landscape in Scotland and the challenges and opportunities this presents for churches together.
Date: Saturday 4 November 2017 (registration from 10am)
Venue: City of Edinburgh Methodist Church, Nicolson Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9BX
A light lunch will be provided.
Faith communities in post-industrial towns across Scotland are delivering social action to tackle the effects of poverty and to try to create a Good Society.
Many of these projects are dealing with ever-growing need and are stretched thin. Everyone is aware of the effects of poverty in big cities, but less attention is paid to the towns which were the heartlands of manufacturing industry.
This conference creates a space where 'faith-inspired social activists' from those towns can come together:
- Sharing stories
- Critical reflection
- Exploring existing aspects of what makes a Good Society locally and nationally
- Sharing visions of a Good Society in Scotland from the perspective of post-industrial towns
- Identifying the support required from the wider church, civil and civic society to make these visions real
- Shifting the thinking about what constitutes 'the edge' and what a Good Society looks like from that perspective
If you prefer, you can book online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stories-from-the-edge-tickets-36305399427?aff=eac2
In consultation with the Members, the ACTS Trustees have formulated a number of policies for the organisation. These are reviewed on a regular basis. Copies of the policies are available to download below. For any further enquiries concerning the policies please contact the General Secretary.
Policy on Endorsing programmes, events and activities
Policy concerning web links and publicity of events.
Wellington Church, Glasgow, was the venue on Sunday 12th September for a special ecumenical Service during which a new organisation – Minority Ethnic Churches Together in Scotland (MECTIS) – was launched. Leaders from the Churches which have been active in Scotland for many years were present and extended the right hand of fellowship to the leaders of the new organisation, which brings together more than fifty of the new independent congregations which have been set up by incomers to Scotland.
The Service was led by the Minister of Wellington Church, Rev. Dr. David Sinclair, and the sermon was preached by Rev. Dr. Larry Pickens, a member of the Executive Committee of the World Council of Churches.
A congregation of 200 or more people – many of them from the congregations which are coming together to form MECTIS – took joyful part in the special ecumenical Service to mark Racial Justice Sunday. The readings and the preaching reminded everyone of the importance of reaching out to the marginalised and of ensuring that those on the margins were treated justly and lovingly.
After the sermon Francis Alao and Nelu Balaj, the present and former Scottish Churches' Racial Justice Officers, provided a brief outline of the path which had been followed and had led to the formation of MECTIS and spoke of the aims to which that organisation was committed.
The leaders of the Executive Committee of MECTIS1 were introduced to the congregation by Francis before the Vice-Convener of Action of Churches Together in Scotland, Rev. Norman Hutcheson, invited members of the MECTIS churches to stand in their places. He then led a prayer dedicating the new organisation.
Rev. Lukas Njenga, Chairperson of MECTIS, next invited members of other churches who were present to stand in their places before he offered a prayer calling for unity. Following the prayer the leaders of the Scottish Churches2 came forward to offer the right hand of fellowship to the members of the Executive Committee of MECTIS. Members of the congregation then exchanged handshakes as signs of peace and unity before the Scotland African Mass Choir burst into song and confirmed the joyful nature of the occasion.
After the Service was over Church leaders, MECTIS Executive members, members of the Executive Committee of the World Council of Churches, and the other members of the congregation shared in a meal prepared by ladies from the congregations of MECTIS.
1 MECTIS Executive Committee
Chairman Rev Lukas Njenga; Vice Chairman Pastor Terzungwe Abu;
Vice Chairman Sheem Gill; Secretary Dr Nelu Balaj;
Treasurer Eileen Baxendale; Ass. Treasurer Rev Francis Alao
2 Leaders of Scottish Churches
Rt. Rev. John Christie, Moderator of the General Assembly, Church of Scotland.
V. Rev. Ian Barcroft, representing the Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church
Rev. John L. Humphreys, Moderator of the Scotland Synod of the United Reformed Church
Rev. Lily Twist, Chairperson of the Scotland Synod of the Methodist Church
Rev. Colin Brown, representing the Moderator of the United Free Church of Scotland
Majors Alan and Jackie Dixon, representing the Scotland Secretary of the Salvation Army
Margaret Peacock, representing the General Meeting for Scotland of the Religious Society of Friends
Mr. Keith Baxendale, representing the General Director of the Baptist Union of Scotland
Local Ecumenical Resources
Help to get started
Are you looking for help to start working with other churches near-by?
Here is a starting point "Progressing in Partnership", a step by step guide for congregations wishing to pursue local partnerships with their ecumenical neighbours.
Shared Buildings Agreement
In situations where two or more congregations share the same building for worship and/or other activities, it is good practice to set out in writing, the relationships between the parties involved. The document below sets out some of the issues which may need to be addressed in such a situation and is followed by an actual example of a shared building agreement.
Definitions of a Local Ecumenical Partnership (LEP)
A Local Ecumenical Partnership is defined as existing where there is a formal written agreement affecting the ministry, congregational life, buildings and/or mission projects of more than one denomination: and a recognition of that agreement by the ACTS Ecumenical Development Group, and authorisation by the appropriate denominational authorities.
Orientation for Incoming clergy
This document provides an orientation process that seeks to enable clergy to gain this understanding. The process involves the support of a colleague from another denomination in the LEP, together with a person appointed by the local congregation, and reading essential documents.